View of Vallam near Tanjore. Copy of a sketch made in 1784 by Mackenzie
Artist: Ignatio, C. (fl. 1816-1819)
Water-colour drawing of a view of Vallam near Tanjore, dated 1817, copy of a sketch made in 1784 by Mackenzie. Inscribed on front in ink: 'Vellum near Tanjore, 1784, by C. McK. Carnatic. Copy at Madras (?) by Ignatio, 1817.'
Colin Mackenzie (1754-1821) was the first Surveyor General of India. Originally from Scotland, he came to India in 1782 as a member of the Madras Engineers. He took part in numerous map surveys, mainly in Southern India, before he was appointed to the post of Surveyor General in 1815. During his surveys in South India he collected and recorded innumerable details concerning every aspect of South Indian history, architecture, language, life and religion, resulting in possibly as many as 2,000 drawings and over 8,000 copies of inscriptions.